On Tuesday September 29, SAIT launched their partnership with Calgary Commuities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) to take a stronger stance against all forms of sexual violence. “We’re working to affect SAIT’s culture in a positive way,” says Brad Donaldson, Vice President Academic. “Partnering with CCASA ensures we have the expertise and additional counselling personnel to truly understand the issue and provide support to our campus community.”
The joining of forces with CCASA will provide education to SAIT employees, expertise to SAIT in drafting a sexual assault policy, counselling support to enhance SAIT’s own professional counselling staff and give students access to counselors who specialize in sexual violence.
SAIT and SAIT Students’ Association are also aligning themselves with the province wide ‘I Believe You’ campaign. The campaign is led by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services and aims to educate young people on how to best support victims of sexual abuse and violence. It is being supported by a $100,000 grant from the Alberta government and is specifically targeted towards post secondary institutions. SAIT is utilizing the campaign as another way to strengthen the education of staff on campus.